Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. All those who are born between the dates of January 21st and February 19th come under the magical influence of this sign. Aquarius is symbolised by the picture of the Water Bearer, whose equally weighted scales show the true love of the Aquarius for equality and balance. John Travolta, Joanne Woodward, and Vanessa Redgrave are also Aquarians. The Aquarians are strong thinkers. Their radical approach to problem-solving may be a bit risky, but since they are very skilled at conflict resolution, things always work out the way they expect them to. They bear strong eccentric qualities, and are also very rebellious and outspoken in their nature.
Aquarius individuals are quite the rebels, but they also make pretty good team players. The reason for this is that they can always appreciate the talents in others. They are able to compromise in professional work, and see the greater good in all motives. They are demanding, inspiring, and perfectionist. They are also very critical and organised in their work.
Aquarians are very concerned with issues related to fairness, freedom, and equality. For this reason, they tend to be a bit more progressive in their lifestyle. They might be seen doing charitable work, but they do it in a detached and practical manner, and are usually not emotionally involved in such actions.
Aquarians might be afraid of losing their independent streak, but this does not keep them from falling in love. For the strong Aquarian heart, love is a clear and serious emotion. Games, jealousy, and infidelity will not go over well with this sign.
Those born under the sign of Aquarius prefer not to make a bold display of their emotions. They are logical, fair, and practical in their every move, but do not make very romantic partners. They are excellent friends and will always be respectful towards their partner. They will also always be deeply caring for the ones they love the most.
Boy, is this one confusing. You’d think a sign with the word aqua in it would be a water sign. Nope. Or that its planetary ruler is, say, Neptune. Wrong again. Aquarius is an air sign, yet water plays a significant part in it. It’s even symbolised by a young boy pouring water on the earth. Even that part is odd, considering that the later signs are thought to represent the later stages in life, with such virtues as wisdom, peacefulness, and humanity. So why a young boy?
Well, in Greek mythology this young boy was Ganymede, a mortal so handsome he was chosen by the gods to be their cup-bearer, and so ascended to the heavens. He represents the sheer physical beauty of Aquarians – Librans are attractive, but Aquarians are stunning.
As for the water confusion, the most logical explanation is that during this mid-winter time of year, the northern hemisphere actually thaws from its snows. The sign’s symbol, which shows two squiggly parallel lines, serves two purposes: its waves indicate the importance of water to the sign, but also wisdom. They were originally drawn as two serpents, one good and one evil; natives of this sign are therefore believed to know the difference well.
Aquarius’ planetary ruler is actually a combination of Saturn and Uranus. The two together form a curious duality: Saturn’s influence can be seen in an Aquarian’s cool level-headedness, while Uranus’ pull is in the need to be unique, modern, and unconventional.
You are the world’s humanitarians. You love people passionately, in large numbers. For this reason, you’re always involved in areas where you can make a difference for the betterment of humankind. Local politics, especially, is where you feel you can make the most difference, and where you feel the problems are most real.
When you’re not acting for social change, you’re often discussing it. As an air sign, you are a person of great ideas, an idealist and a bit of a dreamer, and you love to engage people in your vision of an ideal society. As a thinker, you’re quite logical, so your arguments are always compelling and believable. Combined with your humanitarian zeal, this makes you a popular choice for political or social leadership.
And once you decide what’s right, you stick to it. You hate compromise. Unlike Sagittarians, however, whose pride will not allow them to give in to a more logical argument, you will admit you’re wrong if someone else’s argument is stronger. But you’ll immediately turn it around and adopt it as part of your own agenda. As a sign of the people, you refuse to be placed on a higher level than your friends, even though you may deserve it. You distrust and dislike hierarchies – you’re a true democrat – so inequities of class and race fuel your ardor all the more.
Despite your social passions, you’re actually very solitary and independent more than people realise. (Another aspect of the two serpents in your sign, which represent good and evil, is a coexistence of other opposites: sociability and aloofness, selflessness and independence, politeness and rudeness. Some astrologers even believe the sign itself is comprised of complete opposites: those people who are the best in the world, and those who are the worst.) In any case, you’ve learned several tricks to maintain your independence when you need to: you let the answering machine pick up the phone at home, or you’re conveniently absent or late for appointments. Essentially, you make a point to interact with people when you choose to, not vice versa. This is not a negative trait, if s just you being true to yourself first and foremost.
The later zodiac signs are considered emotionally unstable, progressively more so in the sequence. You are known for being very touchy, especially when criticised. You have a thin skin – you’re extremely sensitive to comments from people, and easily hurt.
You’re also known for your fear of rejection. Quite often, you find it easier to explain yourself – or even ask for a date – on paper, where you can pour out your soul freely, and not be present for the potentially negative blow. This trait alone has led many Aquarians to blossom into passionate writers and poets. Much like the often misunderstood Virgo, your true self shines through on paper, revealing a sensitive, passionate soul that surprises those who only know your cool, independent public persona.
All of this emotional sensitivity, though, has its downside. If you can’t accept criticism, you can’t improve flaws in your character. Similarly, if you can’t face rejection, you’re not likely to survive and prosper in the real world.
Some of the criticism you’ve heard is probably oriented toward your curt, sometimes rude social manners. This is not because you mean to be offensive, it’s just that you find formalities a bit hypocritical and elitist. You’re a person of the people, after all, and you know your own mind, and you speak what’s on it. Those little things don’t feel right to you, so you ignore them. Of course, the problem is, you (and perhaps Sagittarius) are the only one who does, and this directness is not appreciated by most. No doubt you’ve experienced a few resulting social episodes by now.
Physical Qualities and Activities
Aquarians are far and away the most physically attractive sign in the zodiac, especially around the eyes, because the sign rules that area (as well as the lower legs). Just as the boy in the hieroglyph is beautiful because of a few soft feminine features, so too is each Aquarian blessed with androgynous good looks: men will have a feminine feature or two, women a masculine few. Most Aquarians have angular faces, not round, and slight builds. Each step is rather light, and the independent streak shows in how an Aquarian manages to avoid bumping into people.
The list of beautiful female Aquarians, then, is quite long: Jeanne Moreau, Tallulah Bankhead, Mia Farrow, Kim Novak, Vanessa Redgrave, Princess Caroline, Geena Davis, Nastassia Kinski, Katherine Ross, Suzanne Pleshette, Princess Stephanie, Christie Brinkley, Barbara Hershey, Lana Turner, Tina Louise, Jane Seymour, Cybil Shepherd, and Vanna White.
Handsome male Aquarians include Clark Gable, James Dean, Charles Lindbergh, Placido Domingo, Rutger Hauer, Humphrey Bogart, Neil Diamond, Paul Newman, Wayne Gretsky, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Selleck, John Forsythe, Tom Brokaw, Nick Nolte, Robert Wagner, Burt Reynolds, Matt Dillon, and John Travolta.
As an Aquarian, you’re not much into sports, although you do enjoy being part of a team. This manifests itself in an interest in being on social committees or in charity groups. You’re also interested in scientific pursuits, so you’re happy to spend your time building a ham radio, or going to an aeronautics museum, or reading science fiction.
You’re the sign that likes the odd colours, such as orange or metallic blue or anything provocative or a little unusual. You have the avant-garde instinct – it’s the influence of Uranus -so you don’t mind if your clothes are considered weird, though most of the time you assert your style and independence subtly, with just an accent here or there to throw people off, or an ordinary suit of an odd colour.
Your home is likely to feature modern designs – those metallic glass tables, perhaps, or lots of black-faced compact technology. You prefer the overall space to feel more horizontal than vertical (this fits your hatred of social hierarchies).
As an air sign, like Gemini and Libra, you’re not much interested in food. You could easily spend an entire meal talking, then find that you haven’t eaten a bite when everyone else is done. But as with your choice of colours, you’ll go for the unusual morsel, that strange orangeish vegetable or gourd, say, before anyone else does. Your idea of fun is to get a group of people together and try a new exotic restaurant – a Moroccan feast or an Indonesian barbecue, for instance. This combines your love of people with the unusual.
You are blessed with a logical, scientific mind, and this alone suits you to innumerable careers in the high-tech industries. If every computer company declared that each employee could get their birthday off, they would literally lose half their staff in February. Since these jobs are generally secure and pay well, and since you love this kind of logic-based work, you’ll enjoy success on all levels here.
Your other great talent is for social work. A great many activists, teachers, and politicians are Aquarians, and although these positions may not pay as well as the technical jobs, to an idealist like you they are perhaps the most satisfying pursuit you could choose in life. You want to make a difference in the world, not get rich. In fact, no one irks you more than the person who simply chooses a career for the money.
What you’re not great at is anything that is vague or negotiable, such as sales or deal making. You need the solidity of machines and logic, or the nobility of truth and mankind’s welfare, to satisfy you.
As mentioned earlier, many of the world’s great writers are Aquarians, because they understood that they could show their true feelings on paper much more easily than in person. This list includes Charles Dickens (also a great social humanitarian), Somerset Maugham, Francis Bacon, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Sinclair Lewis, James Joyce, Tennessee Ernie Ford, science fiction master Jules Verne, and the poets Robert Burns and Lord Byron.
Love and Relationships
As mentioned earlier, your greatest obstacle is your fear of rejection – you’d rather write down your feelings than express them face to face. Remember, though, Cyrano de Bergerac was a tragedy, and unless you can overcome this fear, so too will your love life be sad. Even when you do succeed in finding the right mate, you must verbalise your feelings more often. You feel your love, but you express it in other ways, such as buying gifts. Without those key words, however, your efforts are lost.
The good news is that finding your mate is easier when you know who to look for, and in your case that would be Gemini or Libra. The former loves variety and unpredictability as much as you do, and can understand your conflicting character. The latter will be just as physically attracted to you as you are to him or her, since you’re both blessed with great beauty and a love of it, and this will be harmonious as long as the Libran accepts your irregular need to be alone.
Secondarily, you also get along well with Leo (there is mutual respect here) and Sagittarius (you’ll bond by discussing the finer points of life and the world’s problems, long into the night, time after time).
It’s best to avoid partnerships with Taurus (who cannot tolerate your unpredictability), Cancer (too homebound and stable for your complex fancies), and Virgo (you cannot tolerate their need for order).
Many people mistakenly believe that astrology only concerns the Sun. This is due to the Western world view of astrology, which has taken on the popular form of zodiac horoscopes. However, in truth the study of astrology goes well beyond Sun signs. The planets found on the astrological chart are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
The purpose of this article is to introduce you to zodiac signs, to perhaps raise an eyebrow or two, and maybe make you smile. Zodiac Sun signs are based purely on generalisations and should NOT be confused with accurate birth chart astrology derived from your date, time and place of birth.
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